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A comparison of two approaches to build reliable distributed file servers

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4 Author(s)
Bhide, A. ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA ; Elnozahy, E.N. ; Morgan, S.P. ; Siegel, A.

Several existing distributed file systems provide reliability by server replication. An alternative approach is to use dual-ported disks accessible to a server and a backup. The two approaches are compared by examining an example of each. Deceit is a replicated file server that emphasizes flexibility. HA-NFS is an example of the second approach that emphasizes efficiency and simplicity. The two file servers run on the same hardware and implement SUN's NFS protocol. The comparison shows that replicated servers are more flexible and tolerant of a wider variety of faults. On the other hand, the dual-ported disks approach is more efficient and simpler to implement. When tolerating single failure, dual-ported disks also give somewhat better availability

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Distributed Computing Systems, 1991., 11th International Conference on

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20-24 May 1991